What if the Lord told you this?
“Stop looking to the world to find your contentment. Find it in me.”
That is exactly the message He placed on my heart to deliver. His Holy Spirit also spoke these words to my heart.
“I am to be your first love. In me you will find peace, hope, joy, love, mercy, grace, wisdom, fellowship, forgiveness, purpose, freedom, healing, everlasting life.”
Friend, how do we know when what we believe God has spoken is really from Him? We measure it against the Bible. We can find confirmation this message is truly from Jesus because He makes so emphatically clear in His Word that when we turn from our sins, believe in Him as Lord and in His death and resurrection, and truly turn to Him and His ways and live our lives in obedience to Him, we can find peace, hope, joy, love, mercy, grace, wisdom, fellowship, forgiveness, purpose, freedom, healing, everlasting life, and so very, very much more – IN CHRIST.
Dictionary.cambridge.org says contentment is, “happiness and satisfaction, often because you have everything you need:”
Everything we need is truly in Christ, through Christ, and ultimately for Christ.
You who are looking to this world for contentment instead of to Christ, the Lord placed on my heart this:
“Turn your gaze to me. Behold me. Rest in me. Come to me. Draw near to me. Rest in me. I say it again so people will hear. In me is the contentment you seek…”
Lord, help us to be content in a new way. Not in the ways of this world. Not according to our circumstances. Not based on what does and doesn’t happen in our lives. Not based on our getting what we want. Based on you, oh Lord. Let us find contentment in you. Unconditional contentment in you we can have, dear Father. Because of you.
Help us to seek you, help us to love you, help us to trust you, help us to put our faith in you, help us to obey you, help us to rest in you, help us to look to you for contentment, and help us to be thankful that you are Lord, that you are God, that you are the greatest and only unfailing source of contentment there is. The kind of contentment that is not contingent on this temporary world with its temporary pleasures and its ever-changing circumstances. You are forever, oh Lord! And those of us who believe in you as Lord, who follow you as Lord, we have the guarantee of everlasting contentment IN YOU. Thank you Lord, AMEN!
p.s. Father, as I wrote this message, it dawned on me how vital it is that we realize the greatest contentment we can have is not based on physical fleeting things nor in human relationships. We can find contentment in you through spiritual blessings like love, hope, joy, peace, etc. Thank you for showing me this, and thank you that we can have this. Thank you for helping us to be people of faith in you and of contentment in you. Thank you, Lord, AMEN!
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”” Matthew 11:28-30
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:11-13
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Tim. 6:6
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” Hebrews 13:5